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Hello hello! Happy September!
So is it just me, or is wearing a Fitbit strangely addicting? No? Yes? K, well, it totally is! It’s so much fun to see how many steps you’ve taken, how well you slept, how many calories you burned, etc. etc. But you know what? And I may be in the minority on this, but hitting 10,000 steps a day is so dang hard! And I feel like I’m a fairly active person too! Of course, I’m not exactly running marathons anymore, so there’s that.
Ever since I started working from home, it’s been so much harder to “get my steps in” during the day, even though you’d think it would be the opposite. (I totally have more time during the day to walk around right? Definitely not the case!) I know the American Heart Association says 10,000 steps a day is recommended, but I feel like it’s sometimes an unrealistic goal to add to my day because some days it’s just literally not even possible.
Even on days where I walk or run 2-3 miles in the morning at the gym, work all day, and walk again after dinner, I sometimes only hit 7-8K! And if I worked in an office, and didn’t have the extra flexibility that I do, it would be even harder! And then take this week for example. Adeline was home sick with us most of the week and most nights by the time I looked at my Fitbit I’d barely passed 2,000 steps for the entire day. Bummer!
But it just makes me think, how much more active should I really be during the day, and how are other busy working moms supposed to make that happen every single day? What is the secret formula to making time for enough exercise day in and day out? I still haven’t found the answer, even after years of living a very active lifestyle, but I do know one thing. I’m trying to instead use the 10,000 rule as a guide, and not make it my sole priority in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It’s extremely satisfying to feel that buzz after you’ve hit 10K, but it’s also extremely disappointing when you go to bed having not even come close. And that disappointment can lead to discouragement, which is not what you want to feel on your fitness journey! (Or it can lead to motivation, and light a fire under your butt!)
Point being, if you’re a fellow working mom, don’t get discouraged by the 10K rule. Just be as active as you can, move around as much as you can, and eat a balanced diet. One crappy day will be balanced out by another extra active day. Don’t sweat it if your day is so busy you just can’t get out for a walk. Rest up, get a good night’s sleep, and hit it hard the next day. Or if your day calls for strength training at the gym before the babies wake up, and you can’t squeeze in any cardio, then you should be proud of that workout and not be disappointed in a low step count for the day!
So on a typical day for me, I wake up, take Adeline to school, walk/run and strength train at the gym (2, maybe 3 times a week), work all day, walk around at lunch or run errands, then play with Adeline after dinner and take a family walk before bedtime. And that’s on a smooth day! Pretty typical right? Maybe a little more active than an average work day? And yet, most days I don’t hit 10,000 steps! I try to, and Adam and I will compete for the most steps, but I just don’t regularly hit 10,000 and that’s okay. It’s all about balance, and continually working towards improvement.
We sure have been trying exra hard lately though! We’ve been incorporating lots of after dinner walks, making time for each of us to hit the gym, taking Truckee on runs around the block, and we’re generally just trying to move more. Adeline has been loving the extra “playtime” which often ends with a trip to the playground so she’s all about it. I may not hit 10K steps a day, but it’s a fun goal to aim for nonetheless. I’m working on focusing my energy on getting back into shape and I can already tell it’s done wonders for my outlook. Gone are the days when I could hit 10K by lunchtime, but times they are a ch-ch-ch-changin’!
So, cheers to all you working moms out there who are always trying to figure out how to squeeze in those pesky steps!
PS add me on Fitbit! I think my user name is just my name or maybe my personal email, which you can message me for.
Do you hit 10K a day? What’s your typical day look like and how do you squeeze in all the steps?